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Porto draw suits Chelsea

Published: Thursday 22 February 2007, 0.50CET
FC Porto 1-1 Chelsea FC
The visitors will be the happier side after Andriy Shevchenko cancelled out Raul Meireles's early opener.
by John Atkin
from Estádio do Dragão

Match statistics

PortoChelsea

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
10
Corners3
 
4
Offsides6
 
1
Fouls committed9
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 22 February 2007, 0.50CET

Porto draw suits Chelsea

FC Porto 1-1 Chelsea FC
The visitors will be the happier side after Andriy Shevchenko cancelled out Raul Meireles's early opener.

Both FC Porto and Chelsea FC retain hope of sealing a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place after sharing two goals in an eventful first leg at the Estádio do Dragão.

Terry injury
In the two years since José Mourinho departed Porto after guiding them to success in this competition, the Portuguese champions have never progressed beyond the last 16. The belief that it will be third time lucky was raised when Raul Meireles broke the deadlock on 12 minutes but Chelsea quickly levelled through Andriy Shevchenko and could even have earned victory when Didier Drogba hit the post late on. The visitors will no doubt settle for a draw but an early injury to John Terry could overshadow any positives.

Lively opening

Porto is currently hosting its annual international film festival and the drama of the opening stages read like an imaginative script. Michael Ballack should have done better when Claude Makelele's cross found him in space, before Terry turned his ankle after an innocuous clearance. With memories of Chelsea's troubles without their talismanic captain still fresh in the memory, Mourinho sought to give him as much time as possible to recover. It backfired. With Terry lying on the sidelines, Raul Meireles made the breakthrough, reacting quickest to Makelele's weak headed clearance and volleying past Petr Čech, via the boot of Frank Lampard.

Inspired change
John Obi Mikel had his tracksuit off when the goal went in, yet it was Arjen Robben who replaced Terry for the restart and this time Mourinho's decision proved inspired. Within minutes the winger had put Shevchenko through on goal and the Ukrainian rifled past the despairing Helton with his left foot. It silenced the vociferous home crowd but Porto responded well, as makeshift defender Michael Essien and right-back Lassana Diarra, making his first start in the competition, struggled to cope with the lively Ricardo Quaresma and Hélder Postiga.

Quaresma magic
Only the quick reactions of Čech denied Lisandro López after he was put through by Hélder Postiga midway through the half, before it was, inevitably, crowd favourite Ricardo Quaresma who raised the most cheer when he rattled the crossbar with a stunning long-range strike using the outside of his boot. Porto began the second period in a similar vein, as they sought to replicate the 2-1 reverse dealt to Mourinho on his first return to the Dragão two seasons ago. The teaser posed by a large Porto banner on the halfway line: "Esta noite seremos..." (Tonight we will be) appeared to have a positive ending.

Chelsea shape
The Premiership title-holders slowly found their shape though, with Mikel, who had come on for Robben at the break, providing more fortitude in midfield, cutting off the supply to Porto's dangerous left flank and freeing up space for Chelsea's quiet strikers. Drogba fashioned his first shot of the game midway through the half and though the effort trickled harmlessly wide, it spurred him on. With 13 minutes remaining, the Ivorian might have stolen a win when he thumped his attempt against the post from an acute angle but Porto held on. They will travel to Stamford Bridge on 6 March with hopes of an upset intact.

Last updated: 22/02/07 12.19CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

chelsea

Chelsea

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
Yellow Card70
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card90
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
Yellow Card36
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
5
EssienMichael Essien
Yellow Card42
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
9
LisandroLisandro
7
ShevchenkoAndriy Shevchenko
Goal16
Substitution88
12
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
8
LampardFrank Lampard
13
FucileJorge Fucile
Substitution65
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
14
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
13
BallackMichael Ballack
Yellow Card82
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Goal12
Substitution56
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
18
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
19
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution77
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Substitution13

Substitutes

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
2
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
Substitution46
5
ČechMarek Čech
Substitution56
14
GeremiGeremi
21
AlanAlan
16
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution13
Substitution46
26
João PauloJoão Paulo
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
28
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution77
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
Substitution88
29
Bruno MoraesBruno Moraes
Substitution65
24
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips

Coach

Jesualdo Ferreira (POR) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Stéphane Cuhat (SUI)

Fourth official

Carlo Bertolini (SUI)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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